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The Self-Sustaining Garden The Guide to Matrix Planting

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By: Peter Thompson
192 pages, 150 col photos
The Self-Sustaining Garden
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  • The Self-Sustaining Garden ISBN: 9780711227187 Hardback Jul 2007 Out of Print #167037
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The harder gardeners work, the more problems seem to multiply. Few of us realize that, if we let them, plants can do much of the hard work for us. This remarkable book, first published in 1997 and now fully revised and reillustrated, shows how plants can be combined into self-governing communities to create naturalistic low maintenance gardens. The universal principles of 'matrix' gardens are explained, and illustrated with case studies showing detailed applications. Further chapters explore soil health, biological controls in the garden, pools and wetlands, shrubs and perennials, and how to pull it all together in a string self-sustaining design.

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Peter Thompson headed the Physiology Section at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he established the Seed Bank. He has taught and lectured widely on gardening, has written numerous books and run nurseries.

Handbook / Manual Out of Print
By: Peter Thompson
192 pages, 150 col photos
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'This is a rare gardening book: it has something new to say' Noel Kingsbury, Country Life

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